HCAC slate opens on road

HCAC slate opens on road

A pair of back-to-back Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheaders begins Saturday, Dec. 3, for Manchester University.

Game details: Tip-off times are 3 p.m. for the men and 5 p.m. for the women at Collier Arena on the campus of Hanover College … Live statistics and audio/video can be accessed via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU's road twinbill set resumes Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Defiance College.

Spartan Shorts: Women – Coach Josh Dzurick's 2016-17 team seeks its first victory. They've been close to breaking through previously as three of their five defeats have come by 10-points-or-less including a pair of final moments' losses at the hands of St. Mary's College of Indiana and Benedictine University of Illinois in the 2016 Main View Tip-Off Classic … Freshman guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and junior forward Samantha Bolen (Greenwood, Ind.) lead the scoring column, each averaging 10.2 points per game; the sophomore tandem of center Maddy Minehart (Auburn, Ind.) and forward Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) are one-two in rebounding (5.0/4.6 per game, respectively); the guard combination of freshmen Haley Farris (Sharpsville, Ind.) and Weaver and senior Jenifer Lee (Rockville, Ind.) have been tough on the opposition from outside the arc, combing for 16 made three-pointers; and the team has five players hitting 77.8 percent or better at the charity stripe to highlight the early season statistics … Minehart and Weaver find themselves ranked within the conference's overall statistical top 10, as Minehart's rebounding average is tied for ninth and Weaver's three-point field goal conversion (34.6 pct.) is ninth-best, too … Fans in attendance could be in for a close-knit battle. Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by 10-points-or-less.